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New Companies Join Better Buildings, Better Plants

Linda Hardesty

Harbec logoThe Energy Department announced the addition of five new Better Buildings, Better Plants Partners, including HARBEC, a custom injection molder and precision component parts manufacturer based in Upstate New York, which became a Better Plants Challenge Partner.

HARBEC will reduce its energy intensity by 25 percent over a 10-year period, initiate a showcase project, and publicly share its energy performance data and approaches to advancing energy efficiency throughout its organization.

At the Program level, the following four companies joined: ArcelorMittal USA; Commercial Metals Company; JBT Corporation; and TPC Group. Each company is voluntarily committing to significantly reduce the energy intensity of its industrial operations over a 10-year timeframe through participation in the Program.

ArcelorMittal USA is a steel company whose products are used in the automotive, construction, appliance, and packaging industries. The company commits to sustainability through recycling steel, working to reduce CO2 emissions, and supporting long-term economic growth of the regions where it has operations by utilizing local businesses for suppliers.

Commercial Metals Company and its subsidiaries manufacture, fabricate, and recycle steel and metal products in the US and strategic international markets. The company’s steelmaking processes primarily use recycled metals, which saves landfill space and natural resources.

JBT Corporation provides technology to the food processing and air transportation sectors. The company’s environmental strategy includes reducing CO2 emissions and waste through the efficient use of resources.

TPC Group, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a producer of value-added products derived from niche petrochemical raw materials such as C4 hydrocarbons. TPC Group is committed to safe, reliable and environmentally responsible operations.

As of September 2013, there are 123 Better Plants Program Partners, representing more than 1,700 manufacturing facilities across nearly all 50 states. The Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge is the industrial component of the Better Buildings Challenge. Launched by President Obama in December 2011, the goal of the Better Buildings Challenge is to make American commercial and industrial buildings at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020.

More than 120 organizations and over 300 manufacturing plants, representing more than 2 billion square feet of commercial and industrial buildings, currently partner with the Energy Department in the Better Buildings Challenge.



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